EUREKA — The first meeting in May ended in a no-decision. On Tuesday the Woodford County Zoning Board will hear a second pitch to site a solar farm on 30 acres of farmland next to the Lakeview Acres residential subdivision in Eureka.
"There were just a lot of unanswered questions (about the project) in May," County Zoning Administrator Lisa Jording said Monday.
SolAmerica Energy, an Atlanta-based solar energy company has proposed a solar farm on 30 acres of land south and southwest of Marshall Road in Lakeview Acres Subdivision in Eureka. The county land is zoned for agricultural use and a solar farm would require a special use exception to operate. The zoning board continued the proposal until June at its May meeting. SolAmerica then asked for a second continuation in June, and the meeting was delayed until Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Woodford County board room in Eureka.
Nearly 100 people filled the county board room in May, many from the Lakeview subdivision that abuts the proposed solar farm.
The zoning board can only recommend the special use. The county board would have to approve the recommendation at a future meeting. Residents of Eureka have organized in opposition to the solar farm.
"The issue that is causing concern is not that a solar farm is coming to Woodford County," Eureka Mayor Scott Zimmer said before May's zoning meeting. "It's the location. This is not the best use for the land."
Jording said Monday she expected Tuesday's meeting would again be well attended by residents who oppose the project and those who have questions about it. While impossible to be definitive because another continuation could be the result of the second meeting, Jording said she expected a vote on the special use.
If approved, SolAmerica would be the second solar farm in Woodford County. The board has already approved a special-use request by ForeFront Power of San Francisco to build a a facility on 30 acres of farmland in Clayton Township just west of Minonk that is not near any residential subdivision.
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